Senior Barcelona officials have meet with Frenkie de Jong and told him to accept Manchester United’s offer, after the two clubs agreed a fee, according to Mundo Deportivo.
United have agreed to pay £63million up front plus a further £10m in add-ons.
However, De Jong is far from convinced about moving to Old Trafford, especially as there is no Champions League football on offer.
The 25-year-old is happy and settled in Barcelona and does not believe a move to United is in the best interests of his career.
But Barca’s hierarchy is very keen for the deal to happen given their precarious financial situation.
Some officials have now spoken with De Jong on Thursday to underline their predicament.
It was made clear to the Dutchman that he needs to leave for the benefit of the club, with his departure allowing Barca to register new signings and target new players.